Lessons run September 3, 2019-May 17, 2020
(No lessons Nov 27-Dec 1 and Dec 16-Jan 4)
Days and times vary
Family Member Fee: $60/month
Youth Member Fee: $69/month
Meet our instructors:
Carol Rhodes, pianist, accompanist, and teacher, holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1995, she received her Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She holds extensive experience in collegiate-level education, and has taught at Pima Community College (AZ), Sweet Briar College (VA), Pensacola Junior College (FL), and locally at University Wisconsin- La Crosse and Viterbo University. For 12 years, Carol specialized in Suzuki piano instruction at the Viterbo University Preparatory School of Arts. Carol has a strong interest in performing contemporary music, as well as chamber music of all periods of music. She performs frequently for students and faculty at the University of Arizona and Winona State University. Her love of performance transfers to her joy in teaching and sharing the importance of music in the lives of individuals of all ages and abilities. Carol teaches piano at the YMCA.
Marilyn Lee holds a B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and an Associate degree in Theological Studies from Biblical Life College & Seminary in Marshfield, Missouri. Formerly, she has taught high school music and directed children’s and community choirs. Marilyn has been teaching piano and voice for over thirty years to students of all ages and is a current member of Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. She frequently performs as a soloist for the UW-La Crosse Choral Union and is the current director for River’s Harvest Church choir. In addition to traditional piano and voice lessons, Marilyn teaches contemporary improvisation for worship leaders and praise band keyboardists. Instruction is designed to meet the student’s personal goals. Marilyn joined the YMCA music staff in January of 2015 and teaches piano and voice.
Siyu Gao was born in Beijing, China and started to play the piano at a very young age. She participated in numerous school musical performances from elementary school through high school. After receiving degrees in piano performance and music education and studying under Dr. Zhou Guangren for ten years, she served as a piano teaching assistant for three years at China’s leading music school, the Central Conservatory of Music. Siyu has been teaching private lessons in La Crosse since 2014 and is a passionate and caring piano teacher. She welcomes students of all ages, music interests and abilities and especially enjoys teaching young beginners and helping them find their love for music. She believes each student is an individual with a unique learning style and strives to tailor her instruction to fit the student.
Elizabeth Rogers has studied piano since the age of four, beginning her study with Sr. Phyllis Chang. Her early education included many piano recitals and competitions, as well as performances with the Greater Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensemble, most notably the European tour. In 1999, she graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, with a Bachelors of Music in Piano Pedagogy, studying under Mrs. Linda Ford and many other very, strong, classical musical mentors. Elizabeth has been teaching for 21 years and enjoys all ages and skill levels. She taught at the Belmont Academy of Music, a music preparatory school for children. There, she discovered a passion for teaching children with learning disabilities and special needs, a passion that continues to flourish in her current teaching. In addition to piano, she has a love for percussion and has studied early childhood music education. Elizabeth teaches piano at the YMCA.
Katie Buika has studied piano technique, artistry, and theory for twelve years. She is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with Broadfield Social Studies and History Education majors and French and Art minors. She focuses on student-centered learning to help her students pursue their learning through their own interests. Katie is from Hartland, WI and has always loved music and art. In her free time, she enjoys being outside fishing and going for hikes.
Chelsea Schultz graduated from Viterbo University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with minors in math and psychology in 2016. Chelsea is currently back in school at Viterbo participating in their post-baccalaureate program to obtain her teaching certification. In December of 2019, she will complete the program and will be certified to teach Biology and Chemistry grades 6-12. Chelsea has been teaching voice, piano, and flute lessons through the YMCA since 2017. She has over 8 years of accompanying experience and 20 years of performing experience having played piano since the age of 5. Chelsea is still actively improving her vocal performance skills by taking private lessons herself and performing in recitals. She is also an active member of the St. Francis choir at San Damiano where she frequently cantors. Additionally, Chelsea is a member of the praise band at San Damiano, “Faith by the Foot”.